[Donor Bliss] was truly a very interesting read – I was particularly drawn to the way that Eric and Sandra weave through the concept of giving as a spiritual act. We don’t often think about philanthropy in this way but, ultimately, the desire to give to others is spiritual in nature. Eric and Sandra capture that beautifully throughout the book.
Nuvyn L. Peters, Vice-President, Development & Alumni Engagement, University of Calgary
So many people want to GET more donations, GET more members, GET more from others. In my four decades of public service I have discovered that: Getting Is Very Easy (Circle the first letter of the previous four words) G-I-V-E!
This book is filled with strategies on how to GET more of what you want — simply by ‘GIVE-ing’ more. Use the insights in this book to accelerate your organization’s objectives and achieve your dreams faster.
Barry Spilchuk – Founder – http://www.TheLEGACY.club
Coauthor – A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul
Past Senior Board Member for Numerous Charities and Not-for-Profit groups
I experienced this book as both a funder and fundraiser. It was an enlightening reminder that fundraising must be relational and joyful for both the giver and receiver. The many examples demonstrate how to provide and ultimately transformative experiences on the journey to achieving Donor Bliss.
Koechlein, President, Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation and Executive Director,
Richmond Symphony Orchestra
Congratulations to Eric and Sandra Page Billman on authoring Donor Bliss…a magnificent contribution to advancing philanthropy, to finding one’s passion, and discovering within our soul compassion and joy. I’m not only ecstatic about what they said, but how well they said it. It’s tough to compliment them enough.
Don Campbell, Chairman Emeritus, Campbell & Company, Chicago;
Past Chairman: Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); Founding Chairman, Board of Directors, Center on Philanthropy, now Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
“Donor Bliss” is an outstanding guidebook to learn about philanthropy and, even more importantly, to have a more meaningful life. Eric and Sandra present fundamental and time-honored concepts in philanthropy organized in a new, approachable way.
Martha A. Taylor is an internationally known author, philanthropist, scholar, and teacher of philanthropy who pioneered the field of women’s philanthropy.
I enjoyed reading your book and hope others will, too, as we all need reminders of why philanthropy is rewarding, fun, and blissful.
Matthew T. Lambert, Vice President for University Advancement, William & Mary
A really lovely book… and I don’t think I have experienced one that focuses so much on both the positive AND the practical. I like how [the Billmans] offer both perspectives for a potential donor to understand the opportunities and the challenges. I like the use of many examples and I particularly appreciate both the aspirational tone and the practical advice.
Associate Vice President of Development and Managing Director, Office of Gift Planning, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
[The Art and Science of Donor Bliss is] an essential read for anyone looking to change their community and beyond. I think it is a great piece to help donors.
Director of Advancement, University of Queensland Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
I think the value [the Billmans] bring to the conversation is the idea that giving to others can elevate the human experience in ways that simply cannot be achieved through any other activity. It is a huge idea that goes far beyond being a “donor.”
Thea Kleiber, MHA, CFRE
of Advancement, University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine
[The Art and Science of] Donor Bliss is a joy to read and provides a very thoughtful approach to building your own roadmap to becoming a philanthropist.
Albert J. Novak, Jr.
Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Excela Health https://www.excelahealth.org/excela-health-foundations